Ryan Pearson scored 14 points to lead George Mason to a 57-52 win over North Carolina-Wilmington in the Colonial Athletic Association season opener for both teams on Saturday.
Pearson shot 6-for-10 and grabbed eight rebounds for the Patriots (4-4). Cam Long added 12 points and five rebounds, while Andre Cornelius chipped in with 11 points.
George Mason led 28-13 at halftime, and a 3-pointer from Cornelius with 15:26 remaining gave the Patriots their largest lead of the game at 37-17.
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But the Seahawks (3-5) fought back, and a layup from Chad Tomko capped a 22-4 run and cut George Mason‘s lead to 41-39 with 8:37 remaining. UNC-Wilmington was unable to get any closer, though, and was held scoreless for a 3-minute period late in the half.
John Fields led the Seahawks with 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks.